WordPress vs. Blogger is a choice that should be made preferably before you begin blogging. It is possible to change your blogging platform, but making a decision first would save you time and money.
Here is a list of the pros for both WordPress and Blogger:
- Because of plugins and continued upgrades, you have a lot of flexibility with your blog. Plugins allow you to create and change the appearance of your blog, the data you collect, the type of comments you allow, and much more.
- When you have a self-hosted WordPress blog on its own domain it looks professional. You are investing money into your business.
- Your comments can be backlinks to other blogs, especially if you use plugins, such as KeywordLuv, to allow them to be. This will encourage more comments on your blog.
- There are so many free themes or templates to choose. You can change the look of your blog with just a click.
- Paid themes are available also. Most often those themes are SEO enabled.
- Easy to use after you have your blog set up. You may need assistance with this. Once you sign into your wordpress dashboard, just follow the directions to write, edit and post.
- Options for post permalinks. You can choose to include the date, a numeric or a custom permalink. This choice is important for search and SEO.
- Options for your home page, including your header, widgets, links, etc. With plugins, there are more options.
- Categories are easy to create.
- There are many blogs and forums to assist you with your WordPress blog.
- It is completely free to use.
- It is simple to use especially for a newbie.
- Blogger themes are free. You can purchase customized themes also.
- Since Blogger is hosted by Google, it is indexed within 24 hours of beginning your blog.
- You can customize your own domain name or purchase it through Google. You do not own the domain name, Google does.
- There are many blogs and forums that can assist you with your Blogger blog.
Please note that the term WordPress means a self-hoted blog on its own domain, not WordPress.com. This is another free blogging platform and has restrictions on selling ads and making money. The Terms of Service are very clear about this.
The battle goes on over WordPress vs. Blogger. There are fans for both. Often a newbie will begin with Blogger in order to save money and while deciding if blogging is something they want to continue. Monetizing blogs often creates the need for a change too. What platform do you use and why do you like it?